Sam Faiers: 'I pull out my eyelashes'
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 May 2012
'The Only Way is Essex' beauty Sam Faiers suffers from trichotillomania, which means she has no eyelashes because she pulls them all out
Sam Faiers suffers from a condition which makes her pull out her eyelashes.
The 'Only Way is Essex' beauty - who is renowned for her glamorous look - has suffered from trichotillomania since a child, and has to wear multiple pairs of false eyelashes because she has none left of her own.
She said: "The all important thing for an Essex girl is false eyelashes. I normally wear two pairs to get a really thick, dramatic look.
"But for me false eyelashes are especially important because I suffer from trichotillomania, which means I pull my eyelashes out. That sounds weird, I know!
"Although not many people know it, I don't actually have any eyelashes at all."
Sam - who has previously dated Joey Essex and Mark Wright on the show - does not know how the problem started but believes it comes from bouts of nervousness.
She told The Sun: "It is hard to explain. I do it without thinking. I do it when I am nervous or bored or even when I am asleep. I don't even realise when I am doing it.
"I can't remember who it was, but they said to me that if you find a stray eyelash and blow the lash away and make a wish, it will come true. I think I decided the more I did that, the more chance my wish had of coming true."